The First Continental Army : A New Form Of Military

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In 1775, the United States established their first Continental Army. In 1787, after the defeat of the British in the Revolutionary war, the Constitution we know today was rewritten and a new form of military arose in 1789. One would think a lot of change would happen within 200 years, but between then and 2010, all derivative branches were pretty much stuck in the same way; they didn’t allow women into all positions, they don’t have a national armed-forces day, and they didn’t have… openly gay people? Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell was a joint initiative from the Clinton Administration and the Department of Defense that allowed the military to discriminate against those that have homosexual appetites, because having LGB members would “create an unacceptable risk to the high standards of morale, good order and discipline, and unit cohesion that are the essence of military capability.” This is, of course, blatant homophobia that has absolutely no standing and is hardly any better than before the law was passed. Is there anything to be done about it? Not really. Not surprisingly, there are no enumerated protections for LGBT people within the Constitution, and instead, there is a clause that specifically states that Congress may organize the military as they see fit - everything is to their discretion, according to Article 1, section 8, clause 16 of the US constitution: “To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be

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